Liston leads No. 3 Duke women Old Dominion, 87-63

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm •  Published: January 2, 2014
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Coming off an 11-day holiday break, No. 3 Duke didn't show much rust against Old Dominion.

Tricia Liston had 17 points, all in the first half, and Elizabeth Williams 12 points and 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season as the Blue Devils beat the Monarchs 87-63 Thursday night.

Freshman Oderah Chidom had 13 points and Alexis Jones 12 to help Duke (13-1) win its 64th straight against unranked teams at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

"It was a really good game for us, and I was really proud of the bench — 33 points against their 19," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "Elizabeth's energy was fantastic. She could have gone forever tonight. She was aggressive and demanding of the ball.

"I think they're excited. If you get proper rest (over a break), there's not that much of a challenge. I thought that we've had a great schedule. I'm really proud of this team — No. 1 RPI and No. 1 strength of schedule — that's the 'number ones' we care about right now."

Tiffany Minor scored 20 points to lead Old Dominion (6-7) and LaQuanda Younger added in 15.

"Our team showed a lot of toughness today," said Monarchs coach Karen Barefoot, whose team also lost to Duke's fellow ACC members Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. "Duke plays hard, they're well-coached and they've got great players.

"We weren't perfect, but we play hard, we scrapped and executed. We just tried to focus on the defensive end. We knew we were going to be outmatched and they had a lot of weapons."

Duke shot 60 percent, compared to Old Dominion's 46.2, and outrebounded the Monarchs 47-24.

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